WOH June 6, 2023
Graduation Week! by Kristen Okabayashi
I can’t believe it, the school year is almost over! It’s been a great transitional year for Hope School, as we have emerged from the pandemic years and are soaring off into new heights next year. We have a lot to look forward to!
And speaking of soaring off into new heights, congratulations to our Hope 8th grade graduates! Our students are moving on to the high schools of their choice, with about half the class headed to West Seattle High School, and the remaining half of the class going to Kennedy Catholic, Summit Atlas, O’Dea, Holy Names, Seattle Prep, or Seattle Christian High Schools. Seven of these students have been at Hope since preschool; they will all be very missed next year but we are happy to see them soaring off on their own.
Congratulations also to our preschool students who are heading off to Kindergarten! Many of them will remain here for Kindergarten but we know they are all ready for the next step in their educational journey.
Blessings to all of you as we wrap up our school year, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our assorted graduation ceremonies this week.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tues, 6/6 Sea Star Graduation 11am
Wed, 6/7 Kindergarten Graduation 1:45pm
Th, 6/8 Orcas Graduation 10:30am
Th, 6/8 Early Dismissal 9:50/10:00am; Last Day of School
Th, 6/8 8th Grade Graduation 7:00pm
Hiring for Hope School 2023-2024 School Year
We continue to seek out talented candidates for the coming school year. Please consider who you might know who would be a strong candidate for our awesome school! All full-time staff receive a tuition discount. Open positions include:
- First Grade Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- World Languages Teacher
- Preschool Lead Teacher
- Preschool Assistant Teacher
Visit Hope’s website for more information, job descriptions and an application form, or call the school office at (206) 935-8500. Applicants should submit a resume and application to Hope School Principal at kokabayashi@HopeSeattle.org or via snail mail. All positions begin on
Student Council Officers for 2023-3024 School Year
Congratulations to Coco and Magdalena on being elected as president and treasurer for Student Council next school year. Elections for class representatives will be held in September.
Lost & Found
Here is the link for the Spring Lost and Found: https://photos.app.goo.gl/hb1yZzGs4yYSwgjVA
Please claim your items by Friday, 6/9
Summer Camp 2023 Registration
Summer Camp 2023 is open from June 19 through July 21, 2023. Families can sign up for multiple camps by the week, fill out forms and pay camp fees here. Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Weekly themes include art, sports, animals, science, and drama. Sign ups are going fast so do not delay in getting your forms in.
Blackbaud Enrollment Reminder: Parents please remember as you complete and return your tuition contract and invoice for Fall 2023-24, we also need you to reenroll in Blackbaud. This is a good time to review your account details, payment options and personal information.
Please note for Bill Pay payments made through your bank your 2023-24 the Blackbaud family ID number will change slightly, and you will need to update this. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Shari Wallace at email@example.com.
Spread the Word! Help us spread the word about Hope School and enter to win $1000 at Niche.com! It’s so easy! Review your school by completing our $1000 School Survey Sweepstakes and be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Your responses are anonymous and will be displayed on Niche to help others find a school that’s right for them. The sweepstakes winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per person. Deadline is May 31! We need 10 reviews to boost our profile by the end of June!
A KG-grade 5 summer reading program info sheet is coming home today in your child’s communication envelope. It is from the King County Library System, so please contact them directly if you have questions. We strongly encourage your child to spend time this summer reading on their own or with an adult.
Students will be bringing their yearbooks home on Wed, 6/7. They will have 1 hour in the morning to exchange their books with friends to sign.
Inside the front cover, you will find a QR code that will take you to our Google site. On this page, we will be adding additional pictures from this Spring.
Calendar of Events:
VOLUNTEER/ PIP HOUR HOURS
Please submit your PIP hours ASAP. As stated in our Hope School Handbook, under OUTSTANDING TUITION & FEES – “Student transcripts, report cards and diplomas will be withheld at the end of the school year until all outstanding tuition and fees are paid in full.”
These fees include lost/damaged library books, athletic fees, tech equipment, ESC charges, PIP hour shortfalls, as well as any other outstanding fees. Please call the school if you need to make arrangements for payments.
General Volunteer Opportunities:
8th Grade Graduation: Th, 6/8/23 Volunteers needed to help with set-up/decorations; anytime between 12:00-6:00pm. We will also need help after the event to take down decorations and clean-up. Great for 6th and 7th grade parents, as 7th grade families host the event each year, but all families are welcome if you need hours. Please sign up here
Hope Church Reader Board Changer: Earn PIP Hours!! Hope Church’s reader board changer has faithfully served us over the past year, but now needs to step down. We are looking for an individual who can change and update the Reader Board for the church either weekly or bi-weekly, depending upon the need. Please contact Patra Mueller @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope School / Church Blood Drive (Non-PIP Volunteer Opportunity)
Hope Lutheran Church is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to host a two-day Pop-Up blood donation event on Mon June 12 and Tues June 13. This event will be held in The Commons Room.
Summer is fast approaching – a time of the year when blood inventory for our community struggles. Many regular donors are on vacation or out of their regular routines. Yet, the demand for blood increases due to more accidents occurring with folks being more active during summer. You see the dilemma: Increased demand, less supply. But you can help! Please consider sparing an hour of your time and sign up to give your life-saving blood. A local patient (and their family) will be forever grateful that you did!
Vacation Bible School (VBS) & Afternoon Basketball Camp!
Registration Now Open!! Volunteers needed!
VBS will be July 10-14, 9:00-noon for students entering first-fifth grade in the fall. Preschool and kindergarten students can participate by signing up for Hope Summer Camp. Register middle school, high school and adult volunteers as well.
We are also offering an afternoon basketball camp with 30 spaces.
CLICK HERE for all of the details and to register.
Attention Middle School VBS Volunteers- Our training meeting will be Wednesday, June 14, 7:00-8:30 pm. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.